Capac, Imlay City and Almont sweep top places
For the first time it's an all-area finish at the Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational
|Eddie Niemi, of Capac, works for a fall against Almont’s Nick Ouillette in action last Saturday at The Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational. photo by Kevin Kissane.|
January 20, 2010TRI-CITY AREA — The Capac, Imlay City and Almont wrestling teams all gave good accounts of themselves, locking up respective finishes of first, second and third last Saturday at Imlay City High School-based 23rd Annual Tri-City Times Spartan Invitational.
It marked the first time in the history of the event that the three Tri-City Area lineups have swept the trophies.
When the final scores were announced, Capac's 211.5 point output proved best. Imlay City amassed 157 points, good for second, and Almont tallied 142 for third. They were followed by Lapeer West (138), Cass City (136.5), Royal Oak (129), Oxford's 'B' team (110.5), Algonac (56), Armada (44), Clawson (26), Brown City (11) and Sandusky (five).
Joshua Kaiser, Brian Kulman, Derek Gottschalk, Ed Niemi and Thomas Bolday led Capac with firsts that day. Kaiser reached the 140-pound title clash where he pinned Almont's Kevin Creger with 5:01 elapsed; Kulman advanced to the championship at 145 pounds where he required 2:41 to pin Almont's Pat Finn; Gottschalk gained admittance to the 160-pound title clash where he earned a 13-7 win against Cass City's Dean Rabideau; Niemi reached the championship at 171 pounds where picked up a 9-0 victory over Armada's David Sheridan; and Bolday advanced to the 189-pound title clash where he registered a 14-8 triumph against Cass City's Eric Reif.
Gideon Gaiter provided the lone Capac second. Gaiter gained admittance to the championship at 125 pounds where he dropped a 16-5 verdict to Almont's Dylan Creger.
Tom Ray contributed a third to Capac's cause. He reached the heavyweight consolation final where pinned Algonac's Kevin Krause with 34 seconds gone.
Mykle Dedenbach, Aaron Smith and Chris Bly rounded out the list of Capac placewinners with fourths. Dedenbach advanced to the consolation final at 112 pounds where he fell by a 15-3 count to Oxford 'B' team's Dylan Smith; Smith gained admittance to the 152-pound consolation final where he dropped a 7-6 verdict to Royal Oak's Brian Kho; and Bly reached the consolation final at 215 pounds where he fell by a 3-2 count to Cass City's Mike Milligan.
Jake Scillian and Sam Lyscas paced Imlay City with firsts that day. The former reached the 130-pound title clash where he claimed a 14-8 win against Clawson's Mike Francis and the latter advanced to the championship at 135 pounds where he picked up a 7-5 overtime win against Lapeer West's Nate Irelan.
|Almont 152-pounder Josh Kunath grabs ahold of Imlay City’s Matt Myers in their championship match at Saturday’s Spartan Invitational. photo by Kevin Kissane.|
Josh Scillian, R.J. See, Andrew Pawlaczyk and Matt Myers gave Imlay City seconds. Scillian gained admittance to the 103-pound title clash where he was pinned by Lapeer West's Dean Somers with 2:52 gone; See reached the championship at 112 pounds where he was pinned by Lapeer West's Dakota Carie with 38 seconds gone; Pawlaczyk advanced to the 119-pound title clash where he dropped a 7-1 outcome to Almont's Taylor Lawrence; and Myers gained admittance to the championship at 152 pounds where he fell by a 17-0 count to Almont's Josh Kunath.
Kyle Guerrero, Zach Greenwald and William Podeski completed the list of Imlay City placewinners with fourths. Guerrero reached the 125-pound consolation final where he was pinned by Cass City's Cody Crouch with 3:58 gone; Greenwald advanced to the consolation final at 145 pounds where he fell by a 7-1 count to Oxford 'B' team's Kyle Stigall; and Podeski gained admittance to the 189-pound consolation final where he was pinned by Royal Oak's Terrance Moore with 1:37 gone.
Taylor Lawrence, Dylan Creger and Josh Kunath led Almont with firsts that day. Lawrence advanced to the 119-pound title clash where he claimed a 7-1 win against Imlay City's Andrew Pawlaczyk; Creger reached the championship at 125 pounds where he secured a 16-5 victory over Capac's Gideon Gaiter; and Kunath gained admittance to the 152-pound title clash where he registered a 17-0 triumph against Imlay City's Matt Myers.
For his performance, Kunath earned MVP honors for the upper weight classes.
Kevin Creger and Pat Finn provided Almont with seconds. Creger advanced to the championship at 140 pounds where he was pinned by Capac's Joshua Kaiser with 5:01 gone and Finn reached the 145-pound title clash where he was pinned by Capac's Brian Kulman with 2:41 elapsed.
Nick Ouillette rounded out the list of Almont placewinners with a fourth. Ouillette reached the consolation final at 171 pounds where he dropped a 9-8 verdict to Cass City's Josh Jensen.
Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.